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Flyers Team up with SugarHouse Casino in New Deal

When mobile sports betting became a reality in the state of Pennsylvania in May of 2019, SugarHouse Casino led the charge in launching the first mobile sportsbook in the state. After the launch of the SugarHouse Sportsbook, many others followed, including Parx Sportsbook, Bet Rivers Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook. Now, SurgarHouse is hoping to pioneer a new era in sports betting, as they announce their partnership with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center.

The Wells Fargo Center is home to the Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, and a variety of live concerts and events. The announcement of a multi-year deal makes SugarHouse Casino and PlaySugarHouse.com the official sportsbook partner for the Flyers. This partnership could be the first of many, as sports betting continues to grow throughout the state since its legalization. The recent announcement coincides with a number of updates and renovations coming to the Wells Fargo Center, including an updated scoreboard that incorporates 4k video technology.

New Sports Lounges

In addition to the new scoreboard, the Wells Fargo Center will be making a number of changes to accommodate bettors and promote their partnership with SugarHouse. The Wells Fargo Center is adding two sports lounges in the arena for fans to cheer on the Flyers and many of their other favorite sports. The new areas will offer nearly 100 screens throughout the lounges, where fans can enjoy sports betting through their mobile devices.

The sports lounges are modeled after the sportsbook lounges located at the brick-and-mortar SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. The lounge located on the Main Concourse at the south end of the arena will be home to 10 86” inch screens, in an area that covers approximately 5,680 square feet. There will be an additional 16 65” screens located behind the bar, including odds boards and SugarHouse ambassadors, who will assist guests in registering for the online sportsbook. The second lounge, located at the arena’s top level, faces the center of the arena, so guests can enjoy the game in real time. The upper lounge covers an area of nearly 6,500 square feet, and includes a number of food and drink vendors, bar and table seating, and a custom video wall. In addition to the 22×8 foot video wall, the lounge at the top level will have many smaller screens for fans to watch the action on TV.

Opportunities for Growth

The agreement presents a number of opportunities for both parties. For SugarHouse, they receive exposure for their sportsbook and online betting services, as well as a marketing partnership that includes advertising throughout the arena. Additionally, SugarHouse will receive advertising through a number of other mediums, such as radio, billboard, and digital. On the other hand, the Wells Fargo Center is getting a helping hand on a project that has been labeled “Transformation 2020.” The remodel comes with a price tag of $265 million and includes the previously mentioned scoreboard, a VIP club, and the redesign and introduction of the sportsbook-style lounges. The scoreboard was raised this week during a media event, while the lounges are set to make their debut for the Philadelphia Flyers opener on October 9th.

The Flyers aren’t the only team cashing in on the opportunity to partner with local sportsbooks; Philadelphia’s MLS team, the Union, announced their partnership with Parx Casino last month. Like SugarHouse, Parx was quick to introduce their mobile sportsbook to the state of Pennsylvania, and now both casinos have looked to further their success by partnering with their hometown teams. Parx is now responsible for presenting the halftime show for each Philadelphia Union game, and sends a team of representatives to every home match to show fans how to download the Parx app to begin placing wagers.

As sports betting continues to grow throughout the United States, more and more professional sports teams may be looking to partner with local casinos. Gambling has become inseparable from sports since its legalization, and it appears that it is an industry that can be mutually beneficial for teams and casinos alike.

Sports Betting in DC May Not Be Here for NFL Season

Over the winter and spring that just passed, a number of American states and jurisdictions moved to legalize sports betting in a variety of different ways. The nation’s capital, Washington DC, was one of the jurisdictions that did this by way of a legislative process that seemed to take no time at all. When you consider that sports betting was officially legalized in DC last December, it might come as a shock to find out that, in all likelihood, sports betting will not be available in time for the start of the 2019/2020 NFL season, which is only a matter of weeks away.

Despite being one of the smallest areas to legalize sports betting, Washington DC is going to need more time to get things set in place so that betting can begin. There is still hope for NFL betting this year, but how far into the season it will be made available remains to be seen.

What is Going On in DC?

On its surface, the delays we are seeing in DC could easily be mistaken for some sort of bureaucratic dispute between lawmakers, but the explanation is actually much simpler than that. DC’s Office of Lottery and Gaming, which is tasked with overseeing all sports betting activities, has not yet begun accepting license applications, and may not be able to do so until sometime in September. The driving force behind this is the fact that the rules sportsbook operators must abide by in DC have not yet been established.

According to the Washington Post, some of the points of contention that still need to be worked out concern things such as advertising restrictions, requirements for licensure, and whether college sports bets will be restricted in any way. If you can recall, a few other states that have legalized sports betting have banned wagers involving colleges from the state in question.

What makes the sports betting situation in Washington DC so unique is that, unlike most other states that have legalized sports betting, there are no casinos where a sportsbook can quickly and easily be placed. Instead, sports betting in the nation’s capital will take place at restaurants and bars, sports arenas, and kiosks that are reportedly going to exist in convenience stores and other, similar locales. There will be mobile sports betting available as well, however the sole application will belong to the city government.

When and How Betting Can Be Expected

If all goes to plan applications will begin being accepted in September, with a turnaround of 30-45 days for provisional licenses to be granted. A provisional license will be granted to operators who have partnered with established entities in the gambling industry, such as DraftKings, for example. For brand new operators, the full licensure process may take up to a half year.

What this means for sports bettors is that, in all likelihood, they might see NFL betting in time for the second half of the regular season. Depending on what the rules surrounding college football betting end up being, there will still be plenty of NCAA action to take part in as well.

There is no official word on when the government-sponsored sports betting application will go live, but DC’s council did announce that a Greek company by the name of Intralot would be tasked with developing the app.

North Carolina Passes Tribal Sports Betting Bill

Since the 1992 PASPA ruling, which put a Federal ban on sports betting, was overturned during the middle of 2018, more than 10 states have passed legislation that made sports betting legal. North Carolina joined that growing number of states last week when Governor Roy Cooper signed SB154 into law. While this is a move that Carolina sports bettors will be happy about, it is worth noting that sports betting in North Carolina will look a good bit different from that which exists in states like Pennsylvania and Illinois.

The path to legalization did not have much in the way of roadblocks, but did have a sizeable gap that had some concerned that SB154 would die before it was approved. Back in April, the Senate’s bill passed by an overwhelming majority and many folks thought that it would sail into and subsequently through the House. Such was not the case, however, as more than two months passed before the bill was spoken of once more. Finally, earlier this month, the House passed the measure almost as easily as the Senate. While other state’s had to fight battles in order to see sports betting legislation passed, such was not the case in North Carolina. What made SB154 different, as well as what the bill actually entails, will be discussed in-depth below.

What Makes North Carolina Different?

First and foremost, the biggest differentiating factor between North Carolina and just about every other state that has passed sports betting legislation is the fact that North Carolina really didn’t legalize anything. Because gambling is already allowed in the state so long as it takes place on Native American lands, SB154 simply redefined what Class III entails. In the end, “sports wagering” was added to the list of approved gaming—alongside table games and slots—that is allowed to take place on Native American lands.

For this reason, SB154 is considerably shorter than most other pieces of sports betting legislation we have seen passed up to this point.

When Can You Begin Betting?

Another aspect of sports betting in North Carolina that is different from other states is that there seems to be no rush for the state’s two casinos to begin taking bets. Both Harrah’s properties—one of which is in Cherokee, the other is in Murphy—will likely offer sports betting “by late fall,” according to regional vice president Brian Saunooke. Though both casinos will not need to expand their footprint in order to offer a sportsbook, there are upgrades needed, including an addition 30+ employees at both sites. Even though sports betting might not exist in time for the beginning of the NFL and NCAA football seasons, it will likely be available before each league’s respective postseasons.

Finally, there will be no mobile sports betting allowed in North Carolina. Because the state already prohibits Native American casinos from offering mobile gaming, it follows that sports betting too will remain something that must be done at a brick and mortar betting location. Sports betting in North Carolina is only expected to bring in a little more than $1 million on an annual basis, but seeing as there are only two betting locations in the entire state, that sum is nothing to scoff at.

MLB Inks Deal with DraftKings

Back in November of 2018, Major League Baseball announced that MGM Resorts would be the league’s first ever gambling partner. When you consider baseball betting scandal stories such as the Black Sox in the early 1900s and Pete Rose in 1989, it is mildly shocking that MLB would ever make such a move. Even more surprising is the fact that, just this week, MLB announced that they had penned a deal with DraftKings, one of the largest daily fantasy sports operators in the world.

What Does the Deal Entail?

The deal between DraftKings Inc and Major League Baseball is a multi-year deal that will allow DraftKings to use official league data and logos within its online offering. How this might look for DraftKings players is that you will see your drafted team appearing in their official MLB uniforms and will be basing your selections off of data provided directly by Major League Baseball.

The financial terms and exact length of the deal were not disclosed, but you can rest-assured knowing that this was no small transaction. Gambling is something that has been intertwined into foreign soccer and other professional sporting leagues for decades, but has long been something US sports leagues have avoided talking about, much less promoting.

Thanks to the overturning of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act last year, states like New Jersey, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania have created legalized and regulated sports betting networks. As an increasing number of states move to legalize and regulate the activity, we expect that deals such as this will become increasingly commonplace. What’s more, we may soon be seeing sports betting not just being affiliated with Major League Baseball, but in MLB stadiums as well.

New Dodger Stadium to Potentially Host In-House Sports Betting

Dodger Stadium, home to MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, is one of the oldest stadiums in the league (built in 1962) and is set to be replaced in the coming years. Renderings for the new stadium were released this week and, according to an article by the Los Angeles Times, the images showed a part of the stadium where sports betting odds were clearly displayed. Naturally, the assumption has become that the Dodgers are contemplating taking advantage of the shifting mood towards sports betting by creating a part of their ballpark specifically for it.

With all of this being said, there remains just one problem: California is not one of the ten states where sports betting is currently legal. In fact, while a handful of other states are either a few votes or a governor’s signature away from a fully legal and regulated sports betting network, California really isn’t close at all. The biggest push for sports betting in California came just a month ago when Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced a bill that, if successful, would put the question of whether or not to make sports betting legal on the 2020 ballot. This means that the most optimistic timeline for legalized and regulated sports betting in California is sometime in 2021.

For California’s five Major League Baseball teams, sports betting is something the remains a long ways away for the time being. Understanding the massive potential for tax revenue from betting at stadiums and sports betting in general, perhaps sports betting legalization will be expedited. For now, however, we will simply have to look at an artist’s renderings and wonder about the possibilities.

Oregon Lottery Offering Sports Betting by September

In a move that is as similar as it is dissimilar to others around the country, Oregon has moved to offer sports betting via a mobile application in time for the upcoming NFL season. The reason we use the word “offer” rather than “legalize” is due to the fact that sports betting was never truly illegal in Oregon. When the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 was passed and ultimately banned sports betting in all of the country, a few exceptions were made. Oregon was on the small list of exceptions, so when PASPA was overturned in 2018, sports betting was officially legal.

Thanks to all of this, the matter of whether to offer sports betting in Oregon came down to a decision by the lottery commission. There is a bit more to the story than this, but the end result is that Oregon will be the first Northwest state that has given sports betting the green light. 

No Vote, but Opponents Abound

Even though this story seems like one of a simple, cut and dry decision on the part of the Oregon Lottery, happenings on the US sports betting scene rarely go over so smoothly. The first level of opposition came in the form of a few senators who attempted to amend a separate bill in a way that would disallow the lottery from offering any games “via the internet” or “via mobile devices.” Fortunately, this movement did not gain much traction and the amendment was eventually done away with.

Sports Betting Operator’s Integrity Questioned

Another interesting facet of this story took place in the wake of the Oregon Lottery Commission’s decision to award the sole mobile operator license to a firm known as SBTech. On its face, this seems like a relatively fitting choice seeing as SBTech already operates in a few other US states and has a longstanding reputation with brands in Europe and elsewhere around the world. In reality, there quickly arose questions about the operator’s integrity as it relates to operating in jurisdictions where sports betting is illegal

Unsurprisingly enough, these questions arose directly from the firm that finished second place in the Oregon Lottery’s Request for Proposal, Scientific Games. In a public letter, Scientific Games accused SBTech of being affiliated with a site—10Bet—that was supposedly operating illegally in Belgium. This event ended up being more of a flash in the pan than anything else as it also gained little traction. SBTech was quick to deny the accusations, and the Oregon Lottery’s chief gaming officer, Farshad Allahdadi, came out in support of the brand. Considering that SBTech passed all of the background checks levied against it by the Oregon Lottery Commission, it seems safe to say that they are a trustworthy operator. After all, they already operate in both Mississippi and Atlantic City.

Notetaking

While sports betting will be offered via a mobile platform supported by SBTech, it will exist in somewhat different fashion from what we see elsewhere around the country. During the initial stages of Oregon sports betting, bettors will only be able to place wagers on professional sporting events. This means that “amateur” athletics, such as NCAA football and basketball, will be excluded from offer. The movers and shakers of the Oregon Lottery Commission have made it clear that the option is on the table for the future, but have chosen to stay away from now.

If mobile sports betting is set to be on offer by September, the estimation is that betting kiosks will be available shortly after 2020 begins. Betting kiosks will be located at most locations that currently offer lottery tickets (such as gas stations), but they will eventually be placed elsewhere, in restaurants and bars.



Maine Passes Landmark Sports Betting Legislation

In the world of US casinos and gambling in general, the state of Maine does not typically make many headlines. After all, there are only a handful of casinos, even fewer off-track betting facilities, and the state, as a whole, has a fairly small, sparse population. Despite all of this, a piece of legislation that just recently unanimously passed through the House of Representatives is being heralded as one of the best sports betting bills in the country.

After first narrowly passing through Maine’s House of Representatives by a vote of 19-15, the House went on to pass the bill, known as LD 553, without a single objection. Democratic Governor Janet Mills still needs to apply her signature to the 23-page document, but that seems like a foregone conclusion as it currently stands. Proponents of legal sports betting are pointing to Maine as having potentially set the standard for other pieces of sports betting legislation that are currently being drafted across the country.

What Makes Maine so Special?

Something that you will hear a lot when discussing LD 553 is the phrase “open market.” The reason for this is due to the fact that Maine is creating an even playing field for potential sports betting licensees. Unlike other states that put a cap on the number of licenses and/or restrict licensees to only preexistent casinos and other gambling facilities, Maine has not set any limits on the number of licenses that can be dealt and are further not requiring any operators to be from the state of Maine in any sense of the word. 

Something else that makes this development in Maine so significant is that there are two different—yet favorable—tax rates for brick and mortar and mobile operators. For brick and mortar sports betting facilities, sports betting revenue will be taxed at a low rate of 10%. Mobile operators will see sports betting revenue taxed at 16%. 

A point of contention during the formation of this piece of legislation was with regard to the eligibility of mobile operators. There was a contingent of lawmakers who felt that mobile operators should be “tethered” to an entity that already existed in Maine. In other words, there was hope that mobile operators be tied to a casino or off-track betting facility as a means of keeping things within the state, so to speak. While that is a good idea, the “open market” idea won out and operators do not have to be tied to any single gambling facility. In fact, the bill itself specifically states that gaming operators that already exist in other states will be qualified to apply for a license to operate within the state. The logic behind this is that operators from other states already know the ins and outs of the industry and will be better equipped to offer a top-notch sports betting platform right from the offing. 

Mobile betting was a major part of this bill and was included from the beginning, which is something we did not see in many other states. 

Who Can Bet, and When?

The timeline as it relates to when bets will actually be placed is something that is still quite vague. First, the governor needs to sign the bill to officially enact it as law. After that, the body tasked with overseeing the sports betting industry—The Department of Public Safety’s Gambling Control Unit—will need to determine what licenses are given out. After prospective licensees pay their $20,000 application fee, there is no set timeline for when the Gambling Control Unit will determine whether or not a license is given. 

Conservative estimates do not think that we will see sports betting in Maine until 2020, however there is some confidence that we will see bets being placed in time for the NFL season this fall. 

Those who are able to place bets both in person and online must be at least 21 years old. At this point, there is no official language as to how one will have to prove that they are of age to place mobile bets. As is the case in most other states, it is widely believed that one will have to prove their age at a physical gambling destination before they can place mobile wagers. 

All things considered, things are happening in a hurry in New England. After all, Maine’s neighbor, New Hampshire, also moved to legalize sports betting just a week or so ago. The dominoes continue to fall and now, more than 20% of the total United States 21+ population has access to legal, regulated sports betting.

Illinois Expanding Gambling Industry by Considerable Margins

Illinois is a lot like other states in the country in that it recently moved to legalize sports betting. It is different than other states, however, in that its gambling expansion bill came with a lot more than just that. In addition to the state officially allowing its casinos to offer sports betting, the 816-page bill also sets forth the establishment of six new casinos, one of which will be located in Chicago. On top of all of this, the quantity of video gaming terminals allowed to be at bars and truck stops is going to nearly double.

When you consider all of the changes imminently going to hit Illinois’ gambling industry, it becomes immediately apparent that Illinois is the Midwestern gambling capital in the making. While this is music to the ears of gamblers and lawmakers, not everyone is happy about how drastic the gambling environment of the state is being altered.

A Quick, Massive Rollout of Changes

As mentioned above, the new law will not only pave the way for six new casino licenses, but will also allow currently existing casinos to expand their footprint. According to the law, the state’s 10 already standing casinos are able to expand their offering of slots and table games by roughly 70% when all is said and done. What’s more, the state’s three struggling horse tracks will all be allowed to virtually transform themselves into full-fledged casinos. Now, the tracks can offer slots and table games.

Perhaps the most noticeable change people will see comes with the aforementioned casino that will be erected in the Chicago area. The entity that is granted this license will also be granted the ability to station slots and other video games within the confines of O’Hare and Midway airports. This is such a big deal because there is only one other part of the US where gambling takes place in airports, and that is in Las Vegas. Understanding just this much will help you understand why many people believe Illinois is going to quickly become one of the premier gambling destinations of the United States, behind places like Nevada and New Jersey.

For those who have vested interest in the state’s gambling industry, as well as gamblers in general, the passing of this massive bill is being seen as a major victory. As these things typically go, however, not everyone is satisfied with how quickly nor how easily this bill was passed. Luckily for them, the bill does not solely focus on the positives an expanded gambling industry will bring to the state.

Problem Gambling to be Studied as Part of the Bill

For those who are on the front lines of combating problem gambling in Illinois, the expansion of the gambling industry is something that brings with it mixed emotions. On one hand, there is some disappointment with regard to just how easily accessed gambling will be, but on the other hand researchers are finally going to be able to study just how many people in the state are problem gamblers. The reason for this is due to the fact that the recently passed bill also sets forth a study into problem gambling and how it can be addressed going forward.

Opponents have gotten angry in the wake of this bill’s passing, but it is clear that their anger is mostly in vain as Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker has spoken in support of gambling on more than one occasion. Being that Illinois is one of the worst-performing states from an economic perspective, this move is one that makes a lot of sense. With that said, Pritzker is not moving forward on expanding gambling in Illinois without regard for the potential problems that can arise. In addition to the bill mandating that a study into problem gambling be conducted, the first-term governor also outlined nearly $7 million that will go directly to supporting those who identify as being problem gamblers. The hope is that, with time, problem gambling in Illinois can be identified before it is too late.

There is no timeline surrounding when the Chicago casino will be built, but after hearing about projected revenues the site might bring in, the belief is that very little time will be wasted.


Tennessee Legalizes Online-Only Sports Betting

Though there were other states considered to be front-runners, Tennessee has legalized sports betting, albeit in unusual fashion. SB 16 passed through the Tennessee Senate, and will become law July 1 st , even without the governor’s signature. Tennessee’s governor, Bill Lee, has always opposed gambling but his spokesperson confirmed that he will not veto the bill. There was a good bit of opposition from both sides of the aisle, primarily because sports betting will take place solely online. At this current juncture, almost every form of gambling is illegal in Tennessee. By virtue of that, this decision could not come as more of a surprise to some.

Even stranger is that, of the few states that have legal sports betting, Tennessee will only facilitate betting online. There is virtually zero gambling/casino infrastructure in the state, so the only viable way
to make sports betting attractive from a tax revenue perspective is to offer sports betting in, quite literally, every inch of Tennessee land.

How It Happened

SB 16 was the brainchild of two Senators from different parts of the state and from across the aisle. Steve Dicerson, a Republican from Nashville, teamed up with Rick Staples, a Democrat from Knoxville, and introduced the bill that did not pass with any sort of ease. In the Tennessee House of Representatives, the bill passed by a vote of 58-37, while the Senate vote was even tighter, at 19-12.

There was a lot of debate—perhaps even more than we have seen in other states—because the bill was exclusively for online sports betting. The main point from opponents was that the fact that mobile betting can take place from literally anywhere, gambling addictions will be created and exacerbated more easily than they are in states where one has to travel to a physical location in order to place wagers. Despite this opposition, the estimates of more than $50 million in tax revenue seemed to be more than enough to convince most Representatives and Senators to vote in favor of the bill.

As it stands, online sports bets can begin being placed in Tennessee on July 1st . You must be 21 in order to place wagers, however there is not much known at this time how that age requirement is going to be enforced.

Competing Against No One

This bill might have seemed a bit rushed, and part of that was by design. Tennessee has only one neighbor (Mississippi) that has legalized sports betting, so the thought is that a lot of out of state money might come into play, further boosting projected tax revenues. This means that, of the 8 states that directly border Tennessee, 7 of them are without legal sports betting options.

It may come off as a bit far-fetched to expect people to drive across state lines simply to place sports bets, but it may very well influence a sports bettor who is deciding between, for example, a trip to Nashville or a trip to Atlanta, where sports betting is not legal. At the end of the day, any tax revenue created from out of state bettors is more than what is currently being banked, and that alone is a major part of the reason Senators and Representatives voted in favor of the bill.

What’s more, tax revenue from the legalization of sports betting will be set aside for the state’s education system, which is amongst the worst in the country.

The legalization of sports betting is a trend that seems to be catching on in every state. Not only are there no less than 10 other states considering making the move, Indiana, just this week, also legalized sports betting.

New Jersey Sports Betting Championship Ends in Controversy

The New Jersey DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship was meant to be a celebration. It was a time to toast the future of sports betting. The sports betting championship was a historical event, the first of its kind to take place after the Supreme Court ruling in May ending the federal ban on sports betting. And the first-ever winner of the historical DraftKings Championship was Randy Lee – a New Jersey poker dealer – who took home the winnings in his bankroll, plus an additional $1 million first place prize.

Winning over $1 million is a reason to celebrate, to say the least. But rather than ending in the clinking of champagne glasses, the Championship ended in frustration. Professional sports bettors and other participants cried foul after an early Championship leader was unable to place his final wager before the kickoff of the NFC divisional-round game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints.

The DraftKings Sports Betting Championship

The DraftKings Sports Betting Championship was a unique event in the gaming world, as the Championship took place entirely on the DraftKings Sportsbook’s mobile app. Championship required bettors using the app to be physically present in the State of New Jersey. The contested featured a $2.5 million prize pool, with a $10,000 buy in.

At first, the event looked like a success. More than 200 bettors from all across the nation traveled to the New Jersey DraftKings Sportsbook to pay their $10k buy in and enter into the 3-day contest. Things were moving along smoothly on both Friday and Saturday of the competition. Betters were allowed to bet on pretty much anything they wanted, with the exception of the last day of the competition. On Sunday, gamblers could only bet on the two NFL playoff games. And since the DraftKings Sportsbook was scheduled to stop accepting wagers after the start of the second game, plenty of participants were confused by the event.

Sports Betting Competition Closes in Controversy

It wasn’t the bets that were placed that lead to the notion of foul play at the DraftKings Championship, but rather those that were prevented from being placed.

Professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody was in the lead on the third day of the Championship. Things were looking good for the professional sports bettor, as he was on a winning streak. Peabody was in pole position heading into the final bet of the contest, and was weighing his options to place an all-in wager on the last play of the night. It looked like he was set to win. But his chances were squashed when the first game ended at 4:37pm, just minutes before the Eagles-Saints game. Under normal circumstances, a few minutes would be plenty of time to place a quick wager. However, the Championship leaders account never updated with the latest funds before the start of the second game.

As a result of the wager cutoff, Peabody was prevented from placing a wager on the final play. Peabody’s 50/50 chance at the $1 million payoff was crushed, pushing the professional sports bettor to publicize his experience by tweeting a picture of his account balance right before the second game commenced.

To make matters worse, apparently Peabody wasn’t the only gambler to be excluded from placing a wager on the second game. According to Peabody’s Twitter accounts, at least three other top-seven finishers were unable to place wagers before the Eagles-Saints game due to the same problem. All in all, the issue cast a dark shadow over an otherwise incredible win. Hopefully, the DraftKings event will serve as a warning to other organizations looking to cash-in on organized sports betting events: make it fun, and make it fair.

Pennsylvania Casinos See Plenty of Action Heading into NFL Playoffs

Written By: Kayla Sherrell

After the Supreme Court ended the federal ban on sports betting last year, Pennsylvania did not dawdle in bringing legalized sports betting to the state. Legalized sports betting creates an exciting atmosphere amongst sports fans and professional sports teams in Pennsylvania, which serves to heighten the experience for players, casinos, and football fans. This is particularly true with NFL playoffs already underway.

Pennsylvanians Spend the Playoffs in Casino Sportsbooks

Pennsylvanians are well-known for their enthusiasm over professional sports. They’ve been more amped than ever to kick off the 2019 NFL playoff season, and with sports betting recently legalized in the Commonwealth, sports fans have more reason than ever to tune in.

This year’s NFL playoff season marked the first time Pennsylvania football fans were allowed to wager on their favorite NFL sports teams in legal sportsbooks within the state. The commencement of this year’s NFL playoffs made history, as football fans lined up in casino sports books throughout Pennsylvania to place wagers on sports teams. And of course, plenty of Pennsylvania’s casinos are cashing in on the action.

SugarHouse Casino sportsbook’s debut was a good example of how legalized sports betting will operate alongside the 2019 NFL playoff season. SugarHouse Casino brought a whole new experience to Pennsylvania football fans. Sugarhouse set up its sportsbook with luxury seating, table-side service, and HD flat screens. Football fans can the luxuries provided by SugarHouse sportsbook while placing wagers on their favorite football teams. This super-luxe experience is sure to attract plenty of new fans to the ever-popular NFL franchise.

Sports Betting in Pennsylvania: Only the Beginning

Pennsylvanians have always been big sports enthusiasts, so it wasn’t surprising when the state launched legal sports betting last November. Since this time, Pennsylvania’s casinos have taken the opportunity to begin implementing their own sportsbooks. This is true for four casinos in particular that are currently accepting sports bets: Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Rivers Casino, SugarHouse Casino, and – most recently – Parx Casino. And there’s no two ways about it: Pennsylvania’s sports fans are loving it.

The first NFL playoff sports wagering event Parx Casino’s temporary sportsbook began accepting wagers right in the nick of time to take advantage of the surge in business coming from the NFL playoffs. Other sports books are expected to follow suit in the coming months, and the landscape of Pennsylvania sports betting has only just begun to take shape. The recreation has already created numerous opportunities for sports teams, fans, and casinos, alike. As many other territories are expected to follow Pennsylvania’s lead in the new year, we’re sure to see more jurisdictions legalizing sports wagering and capitalizing on the tax revenue.